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This property has identified as Women-owned.
PRICE RANGE
C$14 - C$33
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Canadian, Bar, Contemporary, Healthy, Dining bars
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great dining experience! Loved the cozy ambiance, excellent service, and amazing food.definitely recommended!!!!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 9, 2024

Very pretty interior! Loved the food! What sets Symposium Cafe apart is not just its delicious food, but also its exceptional service. The staff is friendly, attentive, and always ready to accommodate any special requests or dietary restrictions

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed December 26, 2022 via mobile

We arrived and seated immediately. We placed our order I ordered a Caesar salad. The Caesar salad the romaine lettuce had Brown rust on it. Almost non existent for any kind of sauce or salad dressing on it dry and absolutely tasteless. My girlfriend ordered...chicken fettuccini Alfredo. The entire meal was completely tasteless the noodles were overcooked and pasty. I ordered a stir fry that was supposed to be mildly spicy. Which was complete farce it was very spicy to the point where I sent it back I was unable to eat it. If they then sent I ordered a Burger instead a plain hamburger. No fries just the Burger they couldn't even get that right it absolutely was I could not eat it. $49 & change later for meals that we could not eat. we did not enjoy the service & the food was absolutely Terrible The service had some to be desired as well . I would never go back to eat there again not even for free . I would not recommend it to family or friends. Now I am stuck with a $50 Christmas gift card for that place which I will be unable to use because it is absolutely terrible and I will never return.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed November 25, 2022 via mobile

I went to dinner by myself just to treat myself, and decided to come here. I’m not usually the one to write reviews but I bought the Butter Chicken meal, there was barely any sauce, no flavour, and the chicken was extremely dry. I honestly...prefer the frozen butter chicken from presidents choice. It was also $22, so for that price the meal was unfortunately disappointing. On a better note, the service was great and the staff was very friendly.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed September 6, 2022

We decided to try symposium for a quick light supper tonight. The restaurant has a pleasant and relaxed vibe. The food was hot and very tasty and it came amazingly fast. We ordered a bottle of wine which was recorked and came home with us....The service from both the hostess and the server was lovely. They were pleasant friendly efficient and engaged. Our experience at symposium was a warm bright spot in a hectic day. We will definitely be back! Thanks!!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed June 26, 2022 via mobile

We had such a bad experience I wanted to share with others. The servers were nice and the hostess was nice but when it came down to it they didn't help at all. My husband had the eggs florentine - they were fine but bland....I had the fish tacos which were not good at all, but I ate them because I assumed I just picked wrong on the menu. The prices were very high for what we received. My chai latte was good. Disappointed with the meals we still decided to go for cake. We got the hummingbird cake. Looked beautiful, we both took a bite and immidiatly spit it out. It was hard like it had been left out for days. We immidiatly asked our server to please take it off the bill it was clearly hard and old . The server came back and said she couldn't take the cake off the bill because "that's the texture of the cake". My husband said ok, and paid the bill. I was super upset because I've never sent food back before in my life as it's usually not justified. But this was really gross, and they really dropped the ball. It wasn't worth talking to a manager about. I'll just leave this here instead. The fact that we spent over 12 bucks on a dried out old brick of a cake still bugs me. Don' t worry though, they offered to send us home with it. Horrible.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed September 3, 2020

Truly excellent service at our lunch today! Lovely sun, lovely lunch (chicken teriyaki bowl) and gracious good energy of our server: Ola aka Naomi! Thanks, Symposium!

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 1, 2020 via mobile

The service and friendliness always is great. Food is very average.... Sounds good at first But never has lived up to billing. Cake usually fresh and tasty But sometimes served Stale.... Cake is an insane price at $12.00 + tax. Wish these guys well.... BUT.......they need to pull up their socks.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed March 12, 2020 via mobile

I dropped in by myself for breakfast. I wish I could write that it was delicious however after sitting in a booth for over 15 minutes without a menu I got up and left. Patrons arriving after me received menus and coffee. I tried to...get the server’s attention but she kept walking by me. I won’t be returning to this restaurant.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 8, 2020

Cappuccino was great. 5 table total occupied. Waited 45 minutes for cold eggs they were very rude about taking back. Will Never go there again. Owner has a complex; Blamed it on his new staff.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 1, 2020

Just got back and had to send back milkshake as it basically tasted like chocolate milk. They re-made it and then same issue. Showed the waitress a straw and released it and basically water texture. She didn't look like she really cared. I'm not paying...$5 for a chocolate milkshake that didn't even taste like it had ice cream. Service really slow too. At the end wife asked for bill and prob waited 10 mins but nothing. I went up there to pay and she said wait a minute - she then proceeded to print it out. This should have been done when we asked for it and not left waiting. Will not be returning as other places in the area are better. Agree with other recent reviews - we won’t return and suggest you don’t either.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 24, 2020

My family and I decided to go for breakfast here. We'd heard it was better than the location on King Street North, and though I've never been to that location for breakfast (only dessert), it was also closer to my daughter's workplace. I would certainly...say that the decor and ambience are better! Overall, the food and service were quite good, hence the 4 "stars". We did think our eggs were on the greasy side, but otherwise the food was tasty and the portion sizes generous. Coffee was horrible, but coffee is always an issue for me, no matter where I go. Hard to find a decent cup. Stick to water. Prices were standard. While I should have realized the French Toast wasn't a "sandwich," its placement on the menu was somewhat confusing, so I thought the hash browns came with it, rather than as a side. The misunderstanding came with a $3.75 price tag x two (since two of party ordered French Toast with hash browns). What the FT does come with is a fresh fruit cup.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 24, 2020 via mobile

Hands down the worst service I’ve ever received at a restaurant. We were seated for lunch promptly but waited 20 min to give our food and drink order and then another 50 for our mains. The appetizer didn’t come at all. No one checked in...on our meal after it was served and 20 minutes after finishing we finally got up and went to search out the server for the bill. No coffee or dessert was offered. When we mentioned to the server that the experience didn’t set a very good first visit impression she simply smirked at us. This was a Monday lunch with the restaurant about 1/3 full. We won’t return and suggest you don’t either.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 23, 2020

Terrible food, service and ambience. Unbearable noise and inedible food was only made worse by our ridiculously rude waiter. Dont even bother.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 19, 2020 via mobile

The restaurant decor is great, the service was good and our server took the time to have conversation with us. The food was excellent - we had Maple Glazed chicken from the Valentine's menu and it was delicious. When there was no guarantee of a...nut-free dessert, the server kindly offered ice cream on her, which was kind. I've been at this location on a number of occasions and will be back. Always an enjoyable experience with great food.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Yes, Symposium Cafe Restaurant Waterloo offers takeaway services.

Symposium Cafe Restaurant Waterloo is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5